Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Update

Update: According to the pharmacist, it's likely *not* pink eye. Pink eye is usually really itchy and has much more discharge than I have right now. That's the good thing.

The bad thing is I still don't know what's wrong or what to do about it.

My eyes have swollen since I got up this morning. This afternoon, I was in the magazine lab and pointed it out to a classmate. 'They don't look swollen," she consoled me. "Um, well, I have huge eyes normally, remember?" She looked again. "Holy shit, your eyes are swollen," she said upon further examination. "They're normal-person sized!"

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, where I'm certain they're going to tell me that I'm a "healthy young girl" and that my body will fight it off. (Liars.)

It's time to bunker down for yet another wonderful and wild year of Jessica's mystery ailments! (Seriously, now. Body? What's up with you? Why can't you get some identifiable illness for once, instead of coughing up blood/dizziness that lasts a month/mystery eye infections?)

9 comments:

  1. Man, that is weird. Perhaps just a relatively indeterminate "infection?"
    Anyway I hope you get to the bottom of it quickly and you're back to normal soon!

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  2. Anonymous10:06 PM

    Could be allergy. Could be viral or bacterial conjunctivitis. Could be your contact lenses or solutions are contaminated, for that matter.

    read these

    http://www.emedicine.com/oph/topic84.htm

    http://www.emedicine.com/oph/topic88.htm

    http://www.emedicine.com/oph/topic267.htm

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  3. Anonymous10:09 PM

    This one is even better. You'll know more than your doctor.

    http://jaapa.com/issues/j20060301/articles/redeye0306.htm

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  4. I told you this already, but I feel the need to reiterate in comment form. All of these "ailments" are just symptoms. A doctor will treat the symptom, but at some point you need to get to the base causes of your imbalance.

    Like being in a rut or being on a roll, it is easier to stay balanced once you are there, but getting there is the challenge.


    (And try not to let your life cause stress.)

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  5. Alex- I totally agree with you. Stress causes imbalances, and also lowers the immune system. However, it's indisputable that I have a bacterial or viral infection of some sort in my eye. I think I could become less prone to all these random problems, but...wait, we just talked about this on the phone. Why am I writing this in my comments?

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  6. Anonymous1:04 PM

    For the love of god please remove those pictures! I seriously had to cover the pictures with paper while I read. Made my eyes water!
    KFlo

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  7. Go see an EYE doctor. I've had infections like that...and uh...buy new contacts (obviously). They'll give you fun drops to clear them up.

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  8. you could be wearing your contacts too much. Ive had swollen eye from that a few times. THe blood vessells in your eye start growing out more to get more oxygen.

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  9. Nope, it's definitely a bacterial infection. Contacts probably played a factor, but then again, I've worn contacts since I was 14 with nary a problem.

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